April 2016 Lived Experience Network E-Newsletter

27 April 2016
May 2016
 
 
     
    We remember those we have lost to suicide and we acknowledge the suffering that suicide brings when it touches our lives.
     
    Our aim is to ensure that we provide for all people a future that inspires and empowers individuals and communities, and is filled with hope and meaning.
     
    What does a Lived Experience of Suicide mean?
    SPA defines Lived Experience as someone who has experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone who has attempted suicide, been bereaved by suicide, or having been touched by suicide in some other way.
     
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    Tell us about events in your local area! Send us the event details well in advance of your event date and we'll endeavour to include it in the eNewsletter.
    The subject for your email should be "LEN ENEWS Contribution" to livedexp@suicidepreventionaust.org
     
     
    Contact Us
    Suicide Prevention Australia
    GPO Box 219 Sydney NSW 2001
    02 9262 1130
     
    ABN: 64 461 352 676
    ACN: 164 450 882
     
    Support Suicide Prevention Australia by making a tax-deductible donation.
    To learn more about the Lived Experience Network visit the SPA website.
     
    Welcome to the May edition of the Lived Experience Network newsletter!
     
    On behalf of Suicide Prevention Australia I recently attended the American Association of Suicidolgy's 49th Conference in Chicago. It was an outstanding opportunity to meet like-minded people, to attend plenary and concurrent sessions across a huge range of topics and hear some very inspirational lived experience stories.
     
    We're sure you'll want to check out United Suicide Survivors International, launched at the AAS Conference. I was pleased to see this group draw on many of the same principles as our approach to learning from lived experience when setting up the SPA Lived Experience Network. That is, advocating for the expertise of people with lived experience to be recognised as key to creating real change in how people understand and respond to suicide and its prevention. Check out their website at USurvivors.com and join up! We look forward to continuing to work with our international colleagues on this crucial global movement.
     
    We also want to encourage you, and anyone you know who has a lived experience of suicide, to take part in a national research project investigating the exposure to, and impact of, suicide in Australia.
     
    SPA, in collaboration with the University of New England (UNE), is conducting this research to gain a clearer understanding of the magnitude of suicide in Australia and the impact it has on individuals affected by suicide.
     
    The survey is anonymous and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Click here to complete the survey.
     
    By completing this survey and sharing it with your personal and professional networks, you are contributing to a positive ripple effect of change that will help inform future suicide prevention programs and initiatives.
     
    To ensure you receive a copy of the final results, be sure to provide your contact information at the conclusion of the survey.
     
    This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval number HE16-030, Valid to 29/03/2017).
     
    Take care and if you have any feedback please write to us at livedexp@suicidepreventionaust.org
     
    Tracy McCown
    Manager, Lived Experience Network
     
     
     
     
    Secure a Speaker for your event
    The Suicide Prevention Lived Experience Speakers Bureau now has speakers trained and ready to accept speaking engagements in most capital cities (i.e., Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane, etc.) and some regional areas. If you have an event and would like to consider hosting a speaker complete the online application or write to livedexp@suicidepreventionaust.org or call the office on 02 9262 1130 and speak with Tracy.
     
    Pictured: Alannah McGregor speaking at the CMN Suicide Prevention Forum, Melbourne, February 2016
     
     
    Voices of Lived Experience
    LISTEN to stories of hope
    Click to listen to Clare, a woman who lived 65 years before finding her reason to live. You can also listen to several other inspirational audio recordings available on the Suicide Prevention Australia Audioboom channel.
     
    SPA audio stories now available on iTunes! Subscribe to our channel by visiting https://itunes.apple.com/…/suicide-prevention…/id1076488619… Our podcasts will feature personal stories of lived experience of suicide, learning resources, speeches, interviews and more. If you have a suggestion for a podcast, please get in touch with us by emailing admin@suicidepreventionaust.org.
     
    It is so important to talk openly and safely about suicide but, if listening to this triggers difficult emotions in you, please talk about how you’re feeling with a trusted family member, friend or people at one of our partner organisations. Call Lifeline on 131114, MensLine 1300 78 99 78, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline 1800 551800 FREE. Outside of Australia? Find local support http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
     
    Get Involved: Contribute to Discussions or attend a community event
    YOUTH SURVEY
    (closes 31 July 2016)
    Are you 15-19 years old? Our friends Mission Australia want to know what matters most to you. Have your say in the 2016 youth surveymissionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey
    ‪#‎YouthWeek2016‬
     
     
    Darkness into Light
    Symbol of Hope | Celebration of Life
    7th May 2016
    This community event started in Ireland and this year there are over 100 venue’s right around the world including Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin and Sydney.
    Date: Saturday 7th May 2016
    Distance: 5km (walk or run, your choice)
    Time: check the time for your venue, some as early as 5.15am, 5.30am and 6.00am
     
    PERTH
    Perth Darkness Into Light Facebook page
     
    MELBOURNE
    Melbourne Darkness Into Light Facebook page
     
    BRISBANE
    Brisbane Darkness Into Light Facebook page
     
    DARWIN
    Darwin Darkness Into Light Facebook page
     
    SYDNEY
    Sydney Darkness Into Life Facebook page
     
    Not in Australia? Check out the page to find venues internationally. For other helpful information visit the FAQ page.
     
    Pros Plebs & Personalities 2016
    24 Hour Treadmill Challenge
    27-28 May 2016
    We're really excited about the return of the Plebs Pros and Personalities for Suicide Prevention Australia (PPP4SPA) 24 hour treadmill challenge with 9 community events this year! PPP4SPA is an annual community-run event held to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
     
    In 2016, PPP4SPA will run in Newport Sydney Northern Beaches, Central Coast, Gold Coast, Airlie Beach, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide!
     
    Read the story of how the PPP4SPA began back in 2013 and visit PPP4SPA to get involved or to make a donation.
     
    Northern Beaches NSW: Newport Surf Lifesaving Club, 394 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport NSW 2108
     
    Central Coast NSW: The Entrance North Surf Life Saving Club, 77 Hutton Road, The Entrance NSW 2261
     
    Gold Coast QLD: Burleigh Bears Leagues Club, 80 Pacific Avenue, Miami QLD 4220
     
    Logan QLD: Yarrabilba Darlington Parklands, Logan QLD 4207
     
    Airlie Beach QLD: (check website for venue upate)
     
    Brisbane QLD: YMCA Fitness, 95 Abbotsford Rd, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
     
    Perth WA: Green Zone Fitness, Warwick Grove Shopping Centre, Cnr Beach and Erindale Roads, Warwick WA 6024
     
    Melbourne VIC: Windy Hill Fitness Centre, 74-84 Napier Street, Essendon VIC 3040
     
    Adelaide SA: (check website for venue update)
     
    Contact the National PPP4SPA Coordinator
    If you are thinking about running your own event or want to talk about national sponsorship/media opportunities, contact SPA Ambassador and event founder Ben Higgs on bthiggs@live.com.au
     
    Get Involved: Researchers seeking participants
     
    Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) invites you to take part in a national research project investigating the exposure to, and impact of, suicide in Australia.
     
    SPA in collaboration with the University of New England is conducting this research to gain a clearer understanding of the magnitude of suicide in Australia and the impact it has on individuals affected by suicide.
     
    The survey is anonymous and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Click here to complete the survey.
     
    By completing this survey and sharing it with your personal and professional networks, you are contributing to a positive ripple effect of change that will help inform future suicide prevention programs and initiatives.
     
    Preliminary data will be presented at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in July 2016, with final results published on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2016.
     
    To ensure you receive a copy of the final results, be sure to provide your contact information at the conclusion of the survey. Please note: this will be an externally hosted site and your contact details will not be linked back to the survey.
     
    This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval number HE16-030, Valid to 29/03/2017).
     
     
     
    You are invited to share your story about how you have been affected by suicide. Your story will contribute to the development of the Ripple Effect website and will be part of a larger research study exploring how self-stigma (negative attitudes you have towards yourself) and perceived-stigma (negative attitudes you believe others have about you) of suicide can be reduced among men from the farming community.
     
    Click here to learn more.
     
    FEEDBACK OF RESULTS: The outcomes of this study will be reported to our friends at beyondblue and made available on the National Centre for Farmer Health webpage.
     
    Deakin University Ethics Committee Approval no. 2015-136. Valid to 06/07/2019
     
    Important research seeking participants: Exploring Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Suicide in Retired Police Officers
     
    Suicide Prevention Australia are pleased to learn of this new research project that is looking at why police officers are attempting to or are taking their own life.
     
    PhD student Jennifer Sampney is exploring posttraumatic stress disorder and attempted/completed suicide in medically retired and normally retired police officers. This is important research as no one has looked at police officers wellbeing once they have left the police service.
     
    To learn more clear here.
    Griffith University Human Ethics Committee No. 03/08/9439
     
    Have you lost a relative or friend through suicide or other type of death when you were aged between 12 and 18 years old?
     
    When a death occurs, adolescents are often among the bereaved. However, most research and most of the support programs are focused on adults. As such, the impact on adolescents is still poorly understood.
     
    Consider this opportunity if you, or someone you know, has lost a relative or friend through suicide or other type of death when you were aged between 12 and 18 years of age and the loss occurred between 6 months and 10 years ago.
     
    Visit the CMHDARN website to learn more about this opportunity or write to researcher is Karl Andriessen, PhD student (k.andriessen@student.unsw.edu.au).
    UNSW ethics approval no. 8315088
     
    Growing & Learning
    2-Day ASIST Workshop in
    Rockingham WA
    12 & 13 May 2016

     

    A free two day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) will be available at the Gary Holland Community Centre 9am- 4.30pm, 12-13 May 2016. Bookings are essential.
     
    ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid for people aged 16 and over. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.
     
    To register, or for more information, please email Jessica.lavers@rockingham.wa.gov.au
     
    2-day Mental Health First Aid WorkshopSydney, 31 May - 1 June 2016

     

    Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a 2-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) workshop at the Wesley Conference Centre in the Sydney CBD.
    Dates: Tuesday 21 May & Wednesday 1 June 2016
    Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm, both days
    Cost: $300 plus $30 GST = $330
    Register by clicking here:
    The training is open to persons aged over 18 years.
    Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials. Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea will be provided on both days.
     
    In the Media
    LEN Members Lisa and Mitch News Clip
    Many thanks to Lived Experience Network members Lisa and Mitch for sharing their experience of suicide in this heartbreaking and challenging news.com.au article https://www.suicidepreventionaust.org/…/media-most-frighten… We are so thankful to them for allowing journalist Ginger Gorman into their lives and speaking alongside SPA Director Alan Woodward and Martin Fisk of MensLink on teens and suicidal behaviour, with a particular focus on young men.
     
    Read the full article here.
     
    LEN Member Patrick Lawson News Clip
    Check out this artilce in the The Border Mail where you'll meet Lived Experience Network member, Pat Lawson from Corowa NSW. Pat recently attended the National Council for Behavioural Health's Natcon Conference in America and shares a few snippets of his experiences.
     
    Read the full article here.
     
    LEN Member Joe Williams News Clip
    Read this wonderful interview with Lived Expereince Network member, Joe Williams, who has gone through some very dark times and, as a result, is now spending his time working to inspire youth and individuals.
     
    Read the full article here.
     
     
    Contact Us
    Suicide Prevention Australia
    GPO Box 219 Sydney NSW 2001
    02 9262 1130
     
    ABN: 64 461 352 676
    ACN: 164 450 882
     
     
     
     
     
    Support Suicide Prevention Australia by making a tax-deductible donation.
    To learn more about the Lived Experience Network visit the SPA website.